My Reading Pile {15}


The mailbox was empty this week but not the eMail box. I received a surprise eBook that I was absolutely dying to read – one of my most anticipated 2015 reads – and two books for review that I can’t wait to check out. I was approved for a title I was sure I wouldn’t get the chance to read early and I may have grabbed four others that I can’t wait to dive into.

I managed to read six books and write five reviews. So not a bad start to 2015. Which is why I’m taking a risk this week and planning to read three books instead of just the one I planned last week. And there’s no way I won’t be sneaking my wishful thinking read onto the pile somehow.




  • DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole – courtesy of the author
  • THE SECRETS BETWEEN YOU AND ME by Shana Norris – courtesy of Paper Lantern Lit
  • THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord – via NetGalley courtesy of Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
  • BECOMING JINN by Lori Goldstein – via NetGalley courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
  • SWEET by Emmy Laybourne – via NetGalley courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
  • JOYRIDE by Anna Banks – via NetGalley courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
  • RIOT by Jamie Shaw – via Edelweiss courtesy of Avon Impulse
  • HERO BY NIGHT by Sara Jane Stone – via Edelweiss courtesy of Avon Impuse

WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK: January 11th – January 17th, 2015


The Tragic AgeTHE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe

Release date: March 3, 2015
Source: Publisher


This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn’t always work— not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college.

Billy’s life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another’s mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul.

With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities. Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is—Billy doesn’t trust happiness. It’s the age he’s at. The tragic age.

Stephen Metcalfe’s brilliant, debut coming-of-age novel, The Tragic Age, will teach you to learn to love, trust and truly be alive in an absurd world.

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Frostfire CoverFROSTFIRE (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking

Release date: January 6, 2015
Source: Purchased


Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

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Tunnel VisionTUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian

Release date: January 20, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley


Romance and action come crashing together when a teenage boy with incredible powers is brought to the attention of the government.

Jake Lukin just turned 18. He’s decent at tennis and Halo, and waiting to hear on his app to Stanford. But he’s also being followed by a creep with a gun, and there’s a DARPA agent waiting in his bedroom. His secret is blown.

When Jake holds a personal object, like a pet rock or a ring, he has the ability to “tunnel” into the owner. He can sense where they are, like a human GPS, and can see, hear, and feel what they do. It’s an ability the government would do anything to possess: a perfect surveillance unit who could locate fugitives, spies, or terrorists with a single touch.

Jake promised his dad he’d never tell anyone about his ability. But his dad died two years ago, and Jake slipped. If he doesn’t agree to help the government, his mother and sister may be in danger. Suddenly he’s juggling high school, tennis tryouts, flirting with Rachel Watkins, and work as a government asset, complete with 24-hour bodyguards.

Forced to lie to his friends and family, and then to choose whether to give up everything for their safety, Jake hopes the good he’s doing—finding kidnap victims and hostages, and tracking down terrorists—is worth it. But he starts to suspect the good guys may not be so good after all. With Rachel’s help, Jake has to try to escape both good guys and bad guys and find a way to live his own life instead of tunneling through others.

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Riot CoverRIOT (Mayhem #2) by Jamie Shaw
Release date: February 10, 2015


When Dee Dawson meets sexy mohawked guitarist Joel Gibbon, she knows it won’t be long before she has him wrapped around her finger. No guy has ever been able to resist her… but Dee’s met her match in a player like Joel.

Dee’s not the relationship type—not after seeing the pain “love” has caused her friends and family—yet she’s desperate to make Joel want her more than anyone else. He quickly becomes an obsession, and when a reckless attempt to make him jealous ends in disaster, Dee turns into the damsel in distress she never wanted to be. With her carefree world crashing down around her, the last thing she needs is Joel’s pity.

But Joel is suddenly determined to prove he cares, and no matter how hard Dee tries to push him away, he refuses to let her shut him out. Now the girl who swore she’d never say those three little words must choose between guarding her heart and losing Joel forever… or falling head-over-heels for the tattooed rock star of her dreams.

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What I Read & Reviewed

  • Finished Reading & Reviewed: SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott
  • Finished Reading & Reviewed: THE WINNER’S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski
  • Read & Reviewed: DEAD OF WINTER by Kresley Cole
  • Read & Reviewed: MAKE IT LAST by Megan Erickson
  • Read: TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbitt
  • Reviewed: THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury
  • Currently Reading: SEEKER by Arwen Elys Dayton

What I Hope to Review This Week

  • TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbitt
  • SEEKER by Arwen Elys Dayton

What Was Left Behind

  • Still not yet read: LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner
  • Still not yet finished: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
  • Still not yet read: DREAM A LITTLE DREAM by Kerstin Gier
  • Still not yet reviewed: SUBLIME by Christina Lauren
  • Still not yet read: LOVE & OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass
  • Still not yet read: FALL WITH ME by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Still not yet finished: THE FIGURES OF BEAUTY by David MacFarlane (a non-YA title)
  • Still not yet reviewed: UNHINGED by A.G. Howard
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Still not yet reviewed: BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin
  • Still not yet reviewed: THE GIFTED DEAD by Jenna Black (a non-YA title)

I spent a bunch of time this week reading and writing reviews. It was kind of nice. I thought I’d run out of words to discuss the books I’d read, but as they were all so different it wasn’t as challenging as I thought it would be. I have been tackling those missed reads, but I have not had a chance to review all those books I read awhile back. A re-read might be in order but it will happen one way or another.


There are quite a few of interest books on NetGalley this week and I may have given in to temptation to a few. Are there any that tempt you?

  • JOYRIDE by Anna Carey – Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group | Jun 2 2015
  • BECOMING JINN by Lori Goldstein – Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group | Apr 21 2015
  • SWEET by Emmy Laybourne – Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group | Jun 2 2015
  • THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord – Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books | Mar 31 2015
  • THE SECRETS BETWEEN YOU AND ME by Shana Norris – Vook | Feb 10 2015
  • POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL by Wendy Mills – Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books | Mar 3 2015
  • ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter – Hachette Children’s Books | Feb 5 2015 **EU/UK Reviewers Preferred**
  • THE ALEX CROW by Andrew Smith – Egmont Publishing | Mar 5, 2015
  • LOVE BOMB by Jenna McLachlan – Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) | Mar 12, 2015 **Australia/EU/UK Reviewers Preferred**
  • OF SHADOW & STONE by Michelle Muto – Amazon Publishing | Feb 24 2015
  • HAUNTED by Lynn Carthage – Kensington Books | Feb 24 2015
  • BETWEEN NOW & NEVER by Laura Johnston – Kensington Books | Mar 31 2015
  • SOUL CROSSED (Of Demons and Angels #1) by Lisa Gail Green – Full Fathom Five | Feb 25 2015
  • HOLD ME DOWN by Calvin Slater – Kensington Books | Feb 24 2015

So how was your reading and reviewing week? Did you get to all your planned reads and reviews?

And did you get any new and exciting books in the mail, via email or from the bookstore or library?

Leave a comment or a link, I’d love to know.

Happy reading!

Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?



Rachel (a.k.a. Fiktshun) has been blogging about (mostly YA) books since 2010. She always has and always will believe that reading YA rocks and thinks she's found the perfect place to ramble here at RYAR.